Barack Obama drives a Ford Escape, John McCain drives a Cadillac CTS

<i>Whitney Friedlander, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer</i><br>
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It's been <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/uptospeed/2008/08/palin-biden-car.html">well-documented</a> that Democratic candidate for president Barack Obama drives a <a href="http://topics.latimes.com/autos/ford">Ford Escape Hybrid</a> while his opponent, Republican nominee John McCain cruises in a <a href="http://topics.latimes.com/autos/cadillac">Cadillac CTS sedan</a>. Joe Biden's been seen in a <a href="http://topics.latimes.com/autos/chevrolet">1967 Corvette</a> when he's not on the Amtrak and Sarah Palin trudges through the Alaskan winters in a <a href="http://topics.latimes.com/autos/chevrolet">Chevrolet Suburban</a>. But what about their predecessors? With the help of Hagerty Insurance, an insurance agency specializing in collector vehicles, we took a look at some other noteworthy Commander in Chief vehicles -- as well as the "first cars" of the two presidential candidates.
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( Emmanuel Dunad, AFP/Getty Images, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors )

Whitney Friedlander, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

It's been well-documented that Democratic candidate for president Barack Obama drives a Ford Escape Hybrid while his opponent, Republican nominee John McCain cruises in a Cadillac CTS sedan. Joe Biden's been seen in a 1967 Corvette when he's not on the Amtrak and Sarah Palin trudges through the Alaskan winters in a Chevrolet Suburban. But what about their predecessors? With the help of Hagerty Insurance, an insurance agency specializing in collector vehicles, we took a look at some other noteworthy Commander in Chief vehicles -- as well as the "first cars" of the two presidential candidates.

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